Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Oh Me Oh My, I love Pie ....


Every now and then I receive a blogger invitation. Being a bona fide pie maniac, so much so that it would be my last meal if given the choice, this invitation was a no brainer. It was a glorious sunny day in Cardiff so we decided, without reservations, to visit Cardiff's latest dining establishment, The Pieminister on St. Mary Street. Their website is a great read with such snippets of information such as "we supply the Queen with pies for her Christmas party" and "gracing the food halls of Harrods and Harvey Nichols"! Well if it's good enough for them then I'm in.

The interior is urban chic warehouse, grey walls warmly lit with nice touches such as Xavier Pauchard Tolix chairs and reclaimed floorboard walls enhanced with vintage collectables in glass domes.  
We liked it a lot!

We each chose different pies from the please all menu, myself the Free Ranger, John the Matador and Meg the Chickalito from their lighter pie range at only 440 calories. Our sides included cheesy mash, sweet potato fries and cauliflower cheese. A pie and a choice of 2 sides comes in at an extremely affordable £8. The pies were outstanding, crispy, just the right thickness pastry and intensely flavourful, packed full ingredients, as well as being just the right size. Pielicious! A special mention goes to the best cauliflower cheese I have ever had both inside and out of my own kitchen. For my American readers, sorry, not a fruit pie in sight!

Visit their website HERE to find out if they have a restaurant in your area. Their pies are also available at Waitrose.

Thanks Pieminister - we WILL be back!

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29 comments:

  1. Hello Diane, It's the middle of the night here, and your post has gotten me hungry. That restaurant looks great; if I want fruit pies, I'll have to request them from my mother next trip back. She has the secret and the light touch for making perfect pie crust. All are beyond compare, including apple, lemon meringue, and cherry from sour cherries that we used to pick wild.
    --Jim

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    1. You know Jim, I'm hungry again just thinking about them!
      Hope you are well :-)
      Di
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  2. How is your pie different from 'chicken pot pie' here in the States? I'm on a quest to make a coconut cream pie for a friend, wonder if he would settle for a chili, cheese, and free range chicken pie?

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    1. I think the difference Joy is that our pies are completely encased in pastry whereas a pot pie is like a stew with pastry on the top. You haven't lived until youve tried a good old British pie, and these are some of the best. Mmmmm, Coconut cream pie. My USA favourite, cherry!
      Di
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  3. Alas, I don't need to check their website to know that they do NOT have a restaurant here in Alberta, LOL! I love a good meat pie myself. Do they feature lots of different pies for dessert too?

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    1. Oh no, sorry for you. Maybe they will branch out. They are currently branching into Europe so you never know, watch this space.
      Di
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  4. I'm making a note of the London Pieminister locations as I might just be able to make it to one of them this year, yippee! I see they have non-meat pies which is what I'd order. All sound fabulous and your as always great pics make it look like a really neat place to stop and eat - vintage collectibles in glass domes are right up my alley these days, LOL!
    Thanks dear -
    Hugs, Mary

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    1. Oh you must try it Mary. Yes, they have non meat. Their selection is inspired. Try the cauliflower cheese side - sublime!
      Di
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  5. We are Pieminster fans too. We had our first at the Larmer Tree Festival last year and we were hooked. For me it's the Kate & Sidney with gravy and mushy peas (they do the best mushy peas ever - I don't ususally even like mushy peas!!) every time. Since then we have indulged in their pies several times when in Bristol (St Nicholas Market) and were thrilled to find a small Pieminster at Gabriel's Wharf in London last year - we'll be indulging there again this coming weekend!

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    1. You are Pieminister connoisseurs by the sound of it. Meg had the mushy pies and said they were great. I loved the cauliflower cheese. We bought 3 more, all different to our initial choices, which we brought home. Pie for dinner tonight :-) I'm hooked!
      Di
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  6. Hello Dianne,

    Alas and alack we fear that Pieminister has yet to be found on the streets of Budapest. Such a pity as we are extremely tempted to try these most delicious looking creations. And, what a fun the interior decoration looks to be. Such a clever combination of the traditional, the modern and the quirky. Rather like the pies themselves we suspect. Wonderful!

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    1. You never know Jane and Lance, they may break into the Budapest market one of these days. Next time you are in blighty you must seek them out, if you like good pie that is :-)
      Di
      xoxo

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  7. Light as a feta for me....with a side of sweet potato fries. Sounds perfect....but being American I would surely want to share a piece of apple pie!

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    1. Sounds good Janey. John had the sweet potato fries, or should I say half of them, I stole the rest. I could have their pies for breakfast, lunch and dinner! There's never enough pie.
      Di
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  8. Dearest DI! YOWSA is this not a delicious array of photos that depict a lifestyle I am not even familiar with! But first of all, your photos again are so crisp and clear and are enchanting. The types
    of pies you are showing are combinations that we here in the states would never see anywhere here. But look how delish they look! Thank you for always taking me to lands unknown but truly
    desired to see. Big love to you! Anita

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    1. Hi Anita,
      I don't know why America doesn't embrace meat pies other than chicken pot! There's a whole world of pies out there, time to catch on. Maybe you can start, on their website are recipes. Give it a go or never know, that's my philosophy.
      Much love.
      Di
      xoxo

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  9. Hi darling !! love your post...and now i am hungry....love Ria...x !

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    1. Me too darling, let's eat pie!
      Di
      xoxo

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  10. Ugggghhh - I'm starving now!!!! I love pies...not so much sweet kinds, but more savory ones like chicken pot and shepherd's pies. Mmmmmm :) Guess I'll be craving me some pie all afternoon.

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    1. Mmmmm, shepherds pie. When Meg was young she didn't like the vegetables in shepherds pie so we substituted that with baked beans. I still make it like that to this day, we all love that tomatoey element added.
      Di
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  11. Butternut squash, feta and sun dried tomato - yum, can you send that one out to me thanks? Fabulous images.

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    1. It would probably get eaten by the customs people on it's journey :-)
      Everyone want pie!
      Di
      xoxo

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  12. me?......give me chicken pot pie anytime.
    xx :)

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    1. I like a bit more pastry with my pie I'm afraid. Why stop at the top?
      Di
      xoxo

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  13. My idea of the perfect meal. I think I'd love this place!

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    1. You would Mitch. Put it on your list!
      Di
      xoxo

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  14. "Did you come here for a pie Sir?"
    "Mrs Mooney had a pie shop, does her business but I notice something weird!"
    Duly noted Mrs Lovett.
    If there's a Pieminister round these here parts, I'll be moseying down there this week.

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  15. i am loving your glasses.
    i wear the same style frame...for years.

    love xx

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